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. >> couric: i'm katie couric. also tonight, another setback in japan. workers again forced to evacuate as smoke pours from crippled nuclear reactors and concerns grow about the safety of japan's food supply. and another a.t.f. agent tells cbs news the agency encouraged gun dealers in this country to sell weapons to mexican drug cartels. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. for a third straight night, tripoli has come under attack from u.s. and allied forces as they establish a no-fly zone over libya. anti-aircraft fire lit up the sky as moammar qaddafi's army tried to defend against the attack. rebelss solidified their control in benghazi and launch and offensive to retake other cities. president obama said today the u.s. will turn over leadership of the operation to other nations within days. the president and british prime minister david cameron said qaddafi must go though they insisted he is not a target of the attacks. but a cruise missile attack last night may
from japan begin arriving here in the united states. >> some progress and more problems for japan's crippled nuclear power plant. i'm randall pinkston at the united nations. i'll have that story. >> the barry bonds pecialgry trial is underway in san francisco. bonds, an all-time home run king is accused of lying to a grand jury about taking steroids. in another development, bonds' former personal trainer is expected to be jailed today on contempt charges. the trainer, greg anderson, is refusing to testify. >>> sentencing will be handed down today for football hall of famer lawrence taylor. taylor pled guilty to sexual misconduct for patronizing a 16-year-old prostitute. under a plea deal, the x- linebacker is expected to receive parole. taylor will be required to register as a sex offender. >>> we're now turning our attention to libya. a u.s. fighter jet has crashed over eastern libya but the two american pilots inside are safe. joel brown has more. >> reporter: libyans are coming to see the wreckage of a u.s. fighter jet sent to protect them. the military said an apparent equipm
personnel threatened by radiation in japan as the first american victim of the tragedy is found. >>> and medical marvel. a texas man gets the first full facial transplant in the u.s. this is the "cbs morning news" facial transplant in the u.s. this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, march 22nd, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning and thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. this morning allied forces are working to expand the no fly zone over libya. overnight tripoli was targeted for the third day in a row and there is growing discord among the allies and here in this country over the u.s. role. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. >> reporter: several days of attacks on libya are having their intended effect according to u.s. officials, even so, more in congress are questioning the president's decisions. anti-aircraft fire erupted in tripoli overnight as moammar gadhafi's forces battled a fresh round of air strikes. u.s. officials say days of attacks on the regime's ground troops are working and coalition forces are ready to expand the u.n.'s no fly zone t
militants. >>> in japan, three workers were exposed to radiation at the crippled nuclear power plant. two of them were injured while installing electrical wires, and were taken to hospitals for treatment. meanwhile, japanese officials say radiation levels in tokyo and its water supply have returned to safe levels. but remain high in two nearby neighborhoods. the number of estimated dead and missing from the quake and tsunami is now over 25,000. >>> movie icon elizabeth taylor will be buried later this week. taylor died yesterday. she's being remembered as much for the life she led off the screen, as she is for her academy award-winning movie career. kendis gibson reports. >> and i'm not going to say good-bye to you. >> reporter: the world did have to say good-bye to elizabeth taylor wednesday. at her star on the hollywood walk of fame, violet flowers to match her violet eyes that helped catapult her to fame. >> the world's going to miss liz. my world stopped today and i know everybody who loved her and worked with her and had the privilege, of being in her space is going to feel sad for a
june. >>> next, the latest on the disaster in japan and later, how that has not dampened the mood at the cherry blossom festival. organizers decided to dedicate this year's event to helping them heal and we are there live. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] with amazing innovation, driven by relentless competition, wireless puts the world at your command. ♪ >>> we must continue to pursue the broader goal of a libya that belongs not to a dictator, but to the libyan people. >>> urging the world to speak with a single voice to moammar gadhafi and leave power. at an international conference. countries must work together to isolate gadhafi, she says no decision has been made about arming the rebels. president obama has ruled out using u.s. troops, but some lawmakers say more force may be necessary. >> this is the libyan people's fight, but we need to continue to help make it a fairer fight. >> the u.s. hands off leadership of the military operation to nato. >>> the official death count in japan from the earthquake and tsunami passed 11,000. it's been more than two weeks since the twin
. >>> japan's nuclear crisis -- new fears here at home. we have a water advisory in effect. we'll tell you where and topper has your forecast. >> bright and brisk today. almost like late february. let me show you the numbers. 47 and 31 goes in the books. averages are 61 and 41. we'll come back and talk about another very cold night and not one, not two, but three storms coming our way. >>> and wait until you find out what washed ashore out of virginia beach. >>> a dead whale washed ashore yesterday in san bridge, virginia. according to the virginia aquarium, it is a say whale at 40 feet long and aquarium workers plan to perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death. only two to four whales are stranded each year. >>> it's time for our evening rush check. monica is here with your time saver traffic. monica. >> we have an accident on the outer loop of the beltway. i'm going to take you over to a map. if you are traveling southbound, it's been there for a while. four cars involved. we'll take you to a live look and show you what it looks like crossing the american legion bridge on the
in japan. japan's prime minister describes the situation as grave and serious, after another dangerous radiation leak is found at the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant. u.s. navy barges are bringing fresh water to try to head off a meltdown "early" this saturday morning, march 26th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to a gorgeous spring morning in new york city. 20-something degrees. but who cares, it looks nice. >> that's a beautiful picture, russ. >> welcome to "the early show," i'm russ mitchell. >> and i'm rebecca jarvis. we begin with the latest on the battle for libya. rebels have recaptured the key eastern city of ajdabiya. nato takes control of some of the u.s.-led operation in libya in a matter of days and president obama will address the nation on monday night to explain u.s. involvement in libya. we begin our coverage with cbs news correspondent mandy clark, who is in ajdabiya this morning. mandy, good to see you. >> good morning. well, the streets of ajdabiya are relatively quiet at the moment. but it was a different scene earlier this mornin
. also tonight, milk in the u.s. now showing traces of radiation from japan. what authorities are doing to keep you safe. why did plants that bury nuclear waste inside nevada's yucca mountain get killed? was it safety fears or politics? and the sweet taste of success. they owe their lottery jackpot to a candy bar. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> hill: good evening. katie is off tonight. muammar qaddafi's inner circle continues to shrink. first, his foreign minister defected last night. and then today, his u.n. ambassador quit while in egypt. just the same, qaddafi's military, though decimated by allied air strikes, is still pounding rebel forces. driving them further east away from key oil towns. one rebel leader compared qaddafi to a wounded animal, one that's more dangerous than a healthy one, which once again raises the question-- just what should the u.s. do moving forward? david martin begins our coverage. >> reporter: there may be no american troops on the ground, but c.i.a. officers are
: now to japan. a u.n. expert says radiation continues to leak from those damaged nuclear reactors but progress is being made. all six reactors are now hooked up to power lines-- a step toward getting the cooling systems working once the electricity is turned on the number of workers at the plant is now up to a thousand. meanwhile, the official death toll from the earthquake and tsunami is approaching 10,000 with nearly 14,000 missing. more than a quarter million survivors have no homes or have been forced to leave them. from japan tonight, here's lucy craft. >> reporter: cardboard houses now home for thousands living on the floor of a sports arena outside tokyo. all survived the tsunami and quake only to be caught up in a radiation scare. this fifth grader says "we escaped to my school but when they said even that was not safe, we came here." natives of iwaki like to boast about its postcard scenery and mild climate. the now notorious fukushima nuclear plant only 30 miles away has triggered a mass exodus. "from all sides everyone kept telling us get out of here" says this beautici
to do to stop the current situation. >> how will japan's nuclear disaster impact us here? a team of experts reveal radiation findings and tell us if our nuclear plants need change. >>> plus, topper is tracking another round of cold rain and snow. >>> also, how apathy can kill. a crowd of metro riders ignore a man lying unconscious on the ground choosing to step over him rather than help. >> this is 9news now. >>> from the disaster in japan to the unrest in libya, america is there to help. >> most of the time but right here in our own country we see time and again examples of unconcerned selfishness. people ignoring people in pain, distress, even dying. now a recent tragedy here in washington has many wondering. are folks just too busy to care? only on 9 we talked to a man who says a life could have been saved if more people were willing to help. >> reporter: imagine going about your routine commute on the metro and you come across a man collapsed on the ground except no one is stopping to help. that's exactly what one man says happened here this this metro station. >> people did
>> couric: tonight, two weeks into japan's disaster and it just keeps getting worse. the death toll passes 10,000 and now there may be a breach in one of the nuclear reactors. i'm katie couric. also tonight, the united states may be giving up command of the libya mission, but american forces will still be playing a major role in the operation. the fire that woke up the country to dangers in the workplace. and a population explosion. the colorful comeback of the monarch butterfly. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. japan's prime minister says the nuclear crisis is far from over and the goal right now, he says, is simply to keep it from getting worse. but it did today with a possible breach of one of the reactors. it was two weeks ago that they were damaged when a magnitude nine earthquake shook northern japan and triggered a tsunami. the official death toll passed the 10,000 mark today. 17,000 people are still missing. and now the japanese government has expande
the nuclear crisis in japan is worse than first thought. >> radioactivity sea water from the fukushima nuclear power plant traveled farther than expected. they're also faced with storing the water that became contaminated while they were using it to keep the radioactive material cool. the water has to be removed before crews can continue working to cool the power plant. scientists in massachusetts say they have found radiation in the rainwater from japan's nuclear plant, but they say it poses no health threat there. county police are investigating a murder that happened while you slept. shots rang out after 3:00 this morning on central avenue near richie road. that's where police found the unidentified man suffering from a gunshot wound. at this point police are looking for a suspect and a motive. >>> standardized test scores at the district's noyes school, sored under michelle rhee. >> usa today report is raising questions about the validity of those results. our reporter joins us from the school in northeast. lindsay has more this morning. >> reporter: good morning, mike. usa today investiga
at a dance last weekend. >>> the deadly earthquake and tsunami that battered northern japan two weeks ago today. the country is still reeling. but there has been another setback. manuel gallegus has the latest. >> reporter: the fukushima daiichi plant has a new problem. japanese officials think that highly radioactive water is leaking from one of the reactors. they're concerned that the core may have been breached. >> this creates the possibility of a much larger release of radiation into the environment. than we have seen to date. >> reporter: officials became suspicious when two workers stepped in water with radiation levels 10,000 full-times higher -- times higher than previously detected. they suffered skin burns from the exposure and were wished to the hospital. -- rushed to the hospital. nuclear experts are in constant communation with the officials. the prime minister said the situation is still very grave and serious. workers at the plant have made some progress running power lines and restoring electricity to control rooms, but setbacks continue. now even more residents are being
andrews, cbs news, washington. >>> now to japan. the united states became the first nation to block the import of dairy products and produce from the areas surrounding the crippled nuclear power plant. japanese foods make up less than 4% of all u.s. imports. and it is unclear how much of that comes from the fukushima area. the fda says it expects no radiation risk to the u.s. food supply. >>> officials in tokyo say infants should not be given tap water. radioactive iodine in tokyo's tap water is twice the recommended limit for infants. and another earthquake hit northern japan this morning. workers at one of the fukushima reactors had to be pulled out because of a radiation spike. the japanese government says the cost of the earthquake and tsunami could reach $309 billion. charlie d'agata has more. >> reporter: electricity has been restored to the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant, but workers have to check all the equipment for damage before switching on the cooling systems. that process could take days or even weeks. and, there's the continued concern of radiation leaks. >> th
in libya, as rebel forces continue gaining ground. >>> radiation risk. levels at japan's crippled nuclear power plant reach record highs. and traces of radiation show up in massachusetts' rain water. >>> and if the slipper fits. virginia commonwealth university makes a stunning cinderella run virginia commonwealth university makes a stunning cinderella run to the final four. captioning funded by cbs >>> and good morning, everybody, good to see you on this monday. i'm terrell brown in for betty nguyen. we begin in libya this morning, under an umbrella of international air strikes, rebel forces are moving west this morning towards the capital of tripoli. allied air raids targeted moammar gadhafi's hometown sirte. there are unconfirmed reports that the city has fallen into rebel hands. earlier, rebel forces resigned control of two key oil parts, ras lanuf and brega. nato is assuming command of all aerial operations in libya from the u.s. and tonight president obama will address the nation to discuss the u.s. mission in libya. joel brown is in washington with more. joel, good morning to you.
in japan, the president of the fukushima nuclear plant is in the hospital. while the situation at his plant is getting worse. >> that's one of the stories making news this morning at 6:13. right now, the level of radiation in seawater near the plant is at its highest level. 3300 times the normal level. sea water is being pumped in constantly to the nuclear reactor to keep them cool but that water is then making its way back out to sea. >> the faa is investigating a deadly small plane crash in michigan. three people died when the single engine piper went down in the city of monroe. it appears the flight originated in bedford, pennsylvania. >>> the crew of the space shuttle "endeavour" is at the kennedy space center including mark kelly, the husband of wounded congresswoman gabrielle giffords. the launch is scheduled for april 19th. >>> in this morning's health alert, spices with disease- fighting benefits. the doctor is a family physician. she integrates natural remedies in her practice. she touts the cancer fighting powers of tum eric. it can be added to your diet in all kinds of ways. >>
experts over the nuclear situation in japan. that story coming up. >>> in japan tonight work has come to a stop at the crippled nuclear reactor. japan's defense ministry released this footage today of the smoking reactors at the fukushima nuclear power plant. people within 12 miles of damaged plant are being told to leave because of the possible radiation and japan's prime minister says the situation remains in his words grave and serious. tonight the death toll stands at 9800. 17. 17,500 people are still missing. the latest from japan now. >> reporter: highly radio active water is believed to be leaking at the fukushima plant. japanese officials say a reactor core may have been breached which might allow much larger levels of radiation to escape than in the past two weeks. this latest problem was discovered when two workers were burned from water containing radiation levels 10,000 times higher than previously detected. the prime minister calls the situation brave and serious. the evacuation zone has been expanded from 12 to 18 miles around the fukushima plant. >> reporter: they are m
happening today now. a fund-raiser for japan. the national cherry blossom festival is inviting the public to stand with japan and raise money for the red cross. it begins at 6:30 at sylvan theatre in southwest then it heads to the tidal basin. >> this morning, arlington county will receive a september 11th pentagon stone. the indiana limestone was damaged in the terror attacks. it will be presented in honor of the arlington fire department's actions on that day. >> today is dorothy irene height day. it honors the virginia native. dr. height died last year. today would have been her 99th birthday. >> we're following breaking news out of prince george's county. one person is dead after a shooting. >> this is a confusing chain of events. surae chinn is following it for us. she joins us live on the phone. she's going to run down what we know so far. surae, over to you. >>> mike and andrea, we do have multiple parts to this violent morning but this may have all originated in district heights, maryland. so, we're heading to the 2900 block of victory lane right now. two men, we're being told, ha
. >> hill: need some patience. all right, rebecca, thanks (japan today, the prime minister said his nation is on maximum alert because of the crippled nuclear plant. today two workers were soaked by radioactive water that somehow got through their waterproof suits. they were decontaminated, they were not seriously hurt. meantime, a report, though, came out today that plant officials were warned as far back as 2007 that a tsunami could overwhelm the plant's flood defenses. those officials failed to act. safety procedures are also under review at u.s. nuclear plants, but former employees at one plant in california tell us their warnings were ignored. that's ahead. an up next, the maker of a drug to prevent premature births delivers a massive price hike. hey, pete. yeah, it's me, big brother. put the remote down and listen. [ male announcer ] this intervention brought to you by niaspan. so you cut back on the cheeseburgers and stopped using your exercise bike as a coat rack. that's it? you're done? i don't think so. you told me your doctor's worried about plaque clogging your arteries -- what
>>> nuclear crisis. breaking news overnight. the possible breach of a reactor in japan raises the possibility of more severe radioactive contamination. >>> fire and floods. high waters wreak havoc in california, while colorado fire crews battle wind-driven wildfires. >>> and bracket busters. march madness lives up to its name. as the sweet 16 kicks off with name. as the sweet 16 kicks off with some major upsets. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody. and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. this morning we are learning more about the extent of the damage at japan's fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant, and the news is not good. japanese nuclear safety officials say the core of one of the reactors may have been breached. but it appears to be limited. now if that is true, uncontrolled quantities of radioactivity could have been released into the surrounding air and ground. the reactor in question is number 3. on march 14th, a powerful hydrogen explosion damaged the outer containment building. the reactor holds 170 tons of radioactive fuel in its core. work ha
palestinians and other groups. >>> yet another earthquake has rattled northeastern japan. >> it happened where crews are trying to regain of the control of the fukushima power plant. the magnitude 6 quake didn't appear to cause anymore damage to the facility. power lines are now hooked up to all six reactors but crews working to get cooling systems running again have been evacuated from the entire fukushima if you can sheem dai- ichi plant. >> this latest quake comes as the japanese government releases a new estimate on how much the damage from the earthquake will cost. >>> the new figure is more than $309 billion. here are other headlines from japan. the utility company which runs the fukushima plant says it is considering offering monetary compensation to the 800 evacuees affected by the radiation leaks. some of the deceased are now being buried in mass graves. the death toll from the disaster is quickly approaching 10,000. nearly 14,000 people are still missing. >> students at the rochester institute of technology in new york held a vigil. for a missing classmate from frederick, maryland.
. >>> the totality of the destructive earthquake and resulting tsunami in japan continues to grow. the death toll has climbed to nearly 10,000 with another 17,000 people missing. meanwhile, residents in tokyo are finding empty shelves at grocery stores because radiation contamination from the crippled nuclear plant has caused many people to hoard supplies. >>> in a show of solidarity with the victims of the japan disaster, organizers of the cherry blossom festival are holding a walk tonight around the tidal basin. the flowering trees that symbolize america's friendship with japan will be at their peak between march 29th and april 1st. this is a sure to bloom period than previously predicted. a horticulturist says that the cherry trees are already in the puffy white stage which means that we are only about four days away from the peak bloom. >>> the search for missing military wife and mother is intensifying. investigators are combing through part of the loudoun county parkway looking for evidence, related to the disappearance of 21-year-old bethany ann decker. decker has not been seen since january
a big role in libyan oil industry. >>> the united nation's nuclear watch dog is urging japan to evacuate more people. once again around the crippled fukushima power plant. radiation from japan's nuclear plant has been detected in milk as far away as our west coast. >> reporter: the baby was born neared the fukushima nuclear plant. she is being checked with for radiation contamination. as the situation gets worse her mother says i get more scared. in japan concern is rising as higher levels of radiation are detected. seawater around the plant now has more than 4300 times the legal limit. water pooling underneath the plant has $10,000 times too much radiation. it has even made its way into soil 25 miles away. and beef 40 miles away from the crippled nuclear reactor complex. that's prompted the u.n. nuclear watch dog group to call for an expanded evacuation zone. everyone is so worried this restaurant owner says they don't want to leave their home. american and french nuclear experts have arrived to help. offering robots that go into the plant and pinpoint the radiation leaks. in the u.s. t
news now at noon, radiation in japan. crews are struggling to pump out hundreds of tons of contaminated water in a crippled nuclear reactor. we'll have the latest on that operation. >> reporter: president obama will address the nation tonight on the mission in libya as rebel forces gain more ground on gadhafi's troops. i'm danielle noting ham. i'll have the latest from the white house. >>> we're turning our attention now to the latest in operation odyssey dawn. president obama is scheduled to address the nation this evening on the mission in libya. meanwhile, rebels inside the war-torn country are advancing on loyalists positions. danielle nottingham has the latest from the white house. >> reporter: rebels are setting up check points outside moammar gadhafi's hometown. they reached this last government stronghold on the road to tripoli after sweeping across more than 200 miles of the coast. coalition forces made the rapid advance possible. missiles from fighter jets and ships are striking gadhafi's air defenses and ground forces. the u.s. is getting ready to transfer leadership of the o
to be a challenge keeping that spent fuel filled with sufficient water. >> japan's nuclear reactors at fukashima dai-ichi continue this week to produce dangerous levels of railed agrees. exposed nuclear fuel rods emit radiation unless they are submerged. so workers are trying to contain the radiation by covering the expose ode fuel rods with water. japan's nuclear crisis has renewed a debate in the u.s. over what to do with spent nuclear fuel rods. currently, 145 million pounds every spent fuel is stored at 77 locations in the u.s., and 44 million pounds of additional spent fuel is added every year. this spent fuel is stored in tanks and most of the tanks are located right next to the nuclear reactors. the regulatory commission says that the system dealing with spent nuclear fuel is okay. >> right now we believe that spent fuel certainly can be stored safely and securely with the existing system. >> many americans want a single repository in a far-away place for the rods to be housed. but three decades the u.s. congress funded research on what to do with the rods. $13.5billion was spent on research.
at japan's fukushima plant. the president says wind, solar, and other sources of clean energy are also key to his plan but they still depend on massive government subsidies, money that's hard to find in tight budgets. even coal took a big hit last year when 29 miners lost their lives at the upper big branch mine in west virginia. now, all of the energy plans the president talked about today are focused on the long-term and white house viruses concede there's not really anything the president can do to bring down the price of gas in any significant way this year. erica. >> hill: chip, thanks. chip reid at the white house. american drivers, though, are beginning to do their part to conserve, and as national correspondent dean reynolds tells us, that means the heyday of the gas guzzler is over. >> 142.5! >> reporter: on the roller coaster ride of energy prices, gasoline is going up again. >> $65 for gas is pretty unbelievable. >> reporter: but lessons learned since the last spike in 2008 are cushioning the blow. >> fuel efficiency as a whole has become more important to every customer, even a
any time soon? topper will let us know. and the nuclear fallout from japan has now been found in our neck of the woods. state officials say you don't have to worry about it. find out why. that's up next. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] with amazing innovation, driven by relentless competition, wireless puts the world at your command. ♪ >>> there are new problems tonight over japan's crippled nuclear plan. water has been found outside the plant. workers are trying to remove hundreds and tons of it. that water is sending radiation levels 100,000 times higher than normal and until the water is gone, the workers cannot restore the electric power they need to prevent the fuel rod from over heating and releasing more radiation. in the meantime, traces of nuclear fallout from japan are turning up in maryland rainwater. the state's health secretary says it's nothing to worry about. dr. joshua says you're exposed to more background radiation walking around and he warned residents who might want to buy that antiradiation medication, don't do that. >> in fact, i would say right now it would b
the egyptian border without visas. >>> to the disaster in japan. a virginia couple is mourning the death of their daughter. they have learned today that her body has been located. 24-year-old taylor anderson had been teaching english in japan. japanese police now say that the known death toll tops 8800. another 12,000 people are missing. those tallies are likely to overlap but police officials estimate the final figure will exceed 18,000 deaths. >>> the nuclear regulatory commission in rockville says containment of the three reactor at the nuclear complex in japan is currently intact and the situation is on the verge of truly stabilizing. nrc staff are in tokyo conferring with japanese government officials and the industry on the disaster. >>> the question is whether it's a cover-up or tragic accident. the result is the same. a promising 18-year-old is dead and a 15-year-old girl is charged with the crime. bruce johnson is live in southeast and we understand that this girl has changed her story on exactly what happened. >> reporter: yeah, but like you say, what are we to believe. gary go
outside of japan's crippled nuclear power plant contain 3,000 times the usual amount of radioactive iodine. that's the highest rate detected since an earthquake and tsunami pummeled the region three weeks ago. the president of the if you fukushima plant has been hospitalized for stress. he's been working virtually nonstop since the crisis began. >> the acting chancellor for d.c. public schools released more information about investigations into standardized test scores. >> this after a "usa today" report questioning the legitimacy of high standardized test scores. >> that report showed so many wrong answers were erased and changed to the right ones on the standardized tests it was almost impossible for the changes to be legitimate. 9news now reporter lindsey mastis joins us at one of the schools in question in this report. >> reporter: i'm at noyes educational center. this is one of the schools that "usa today" focused on in their report saying that there was a high number of erasers here, that a lot of the answers were change from wrong to right. now, the school's acting school chancellor
. this year, it starts on march 26th. >> now the nearly 100-year-old trees, they were a gift from japan in 1912 and yesterday, the national park service released when the nearly 100- year-old gifts from japan will reach peak bloom. lesli foster has the details. >> the cherries are not reliable, they don't cooperate, i'm sorry. i said it before, i'll say it again. they're the oldest, most reliable living things in our capital. >> reporter: rob predicts march 29th through april 3rd will be when you may be able to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. this is his 20th year making the peak prediction. >> each year, over one million people attend the national cherry blossom festival. they come to the event and they see the blossoms. >> reporter: over 30 organizations participate in the cherry blossom festival, a tradition in d. c. after japan gave the trees as a gift 99 years ago. >> this first of all is very important because this leads to next year's centennial. >> reporter: highlights include the largest japanese cultural festival in the nation. >> a new feature this year, the science pa
, considering the nuclear crisis in japan. the milk sample was taken from the spokane area, and the amount was 5,000 times below the level of concern. >>> however, radiation levels near the fukushima nuclear power plant continue to rise. a u.n. agency says it found very high levels of radiation 25 miles from the plant, and japanese officials are considering widening the evacuation zone. radiation in sea water near fukushima is how more than 4,300 times the legal limit. >>> later this week, ohio's governor john kasich is expected to sign into law a bill that severely restricts union rights. the ohio legislature passed the measure yesterday, following contentious debate and much protest. the measure affects the collective bargaining rights of 350,000 ohio public employees. it allows unions to negotiate wages, but not healthcare, sick time or pension benefits. and unlike a similar law in wisconsin, the restrictions include police and firefighters. >>> also in ohio, spring was interrupted with some winter weather. parts of the state experienced near blizzard conditions yesterday, and that made trave
on now to the latest on the disaster in japan. the containment structures at three nuclear reactors are holding as emergency crews work to reconnect power lines to the plant. the uss george washington left the port to save itself from being radioactive. meanwhile the body of a virginia teacher killed in the quake has now been fact. the first confirmed u.s. casuality. the death toll now at more than 8600 with more than 13,000 people missing. the damage from the double disaster is now totalling upwards of 235 million. japan is going to need at least five years to rebuild. >>> in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in japan, americans ask why is there no looting? >> let's be real. there is some looting in japan. but certainly not much when you think about the enormity of the disaster. and that is because the japanese people do tend to follow the rules and to cooperate. this is according to a #3r0e fess sore who is -- process sore who is an expert -- professor who is an expert. if everybody is patient enough, the government will handle it. the problem is, this particular japanes
this morning about radioactive contamination spreading from the fukushima nuclear power plant in japan. tests on sea water near the plant show more than 3300 times the legal limit of radioactive iodine in the water. officials in the country though are downplaying the results. >> just to put the leak into perspective, new data from the institute for energy and environmental research suggests the radiation in japan is 160,000 times worse than the 1979 leak at three mile island. however, they say the japanese leak is still not even close to the amount of radiation leaked at chernobyl. >> an al-qaeda operative wanted in the 2002 bali bombings is in pakistan. umar pa tech was arrested. there is a $1 million reward for his arrest. >>> several members of congress owe the district of columbia in parking, red light and speeding tickets. >> some have gone years without paying. gary nurenberg has more on the growing publicity around the story. through is about $15,000 in outstanding tickets as of mid march. about 3/4, about $11,500 delinquentent means they have been out for more than 60 days. >> she's t
into the impact of japan's problems. some examples, tiffany has cut its first quarter earnings forecast as it deals with some store closings and limited hours in japan. of all of tiffany stores worldwide, almost a quarter of them are in japan. and honda is extending its suspension of car and motorcycle production until sun amid a parts shortage. toyota is hoping to get things rolling on saturday. obviously dealing with power problems in addition to all of the other problems in japan. >> you've talked about the global domino effect how a parts plant in louisiana is being closed because of this and others are affected as well. >> absolutely. >> what do you have for us in the next half hour? >> we're starting to sound like a broken record. airfares going up again. we'll talk about which airlines are doing it and whether or not it is going to stick. >> and wondering what their excuse is this time. >> thanks, jess. >> thank you, jessica. >> i fly regularly. >> 9news now is giving. >> chance to win an ipad 2. >> go to our facebook page. hit the like button and enter our great tablet give aw
kept a detailed journal of abuse of boys which occurred at a hotel in california, his home in japan, a hotel in nevada. many of the boys that were abused didn't know or remember what happened because he would get them drunk first then videotaped himself abusing them. >> he would ply them with liquor and get them drunk and they would pass out. >> reporter: after 30 years of sexually abusing boys around the globe what finally brought him down was facebook. a student at osborne high school stumbled upon sexually explicit remarks between her male friend and ricks. >> reporter: elaina stopped her son before he went to meet ricks who she realized was having an inappropriate relationship with one of her son's friends. >> ricks agreed to 300 months behind bars. it is binding and if the judge accepts it, it cannot be reduced. that's 25 years behind bar. >> it is hard to imagine. why didn't some of the kids step up. >> he got them drunk so they may not have known or remembered it. the first boy was a deaf child whose parents were divorcing and he had no place to live for a while. that was the
story this morning brings us back to japan. want to get you the very latest on the disaster there. after this morning, radioactive a dean started turning up in tokyo's tap water. that has officials now saying infants should not drink the water. workers, meantime, at that crippled nuclear power plant have been evacuated once again after smoke started pouring out of one of its reactors. cbs news correspondent bill whitaker is in tokyo this morning with more on this situation. bill, hello. >> good morning, erica. it's one step forward, and two steps backward when it comes to this nuclear crisis. just when officials think they're getting a handle on this plant, more bad news. today, there's growing concern here in tokyo about the spread of nuclear contamination. tap water at a tokyo purification site some 180 miles south of the crippled fukushima nuclear plant tested positive for radiation wednesday, as levels twice the limit considered safe for infants. authorities warned parents not to let their babies drink the water. bottled water now is disappearing from store shelves. radiation already
? of course, that's obviously. still though, investors have significant concerns about japan, libya and oil prices. but at least the dow is still holding above 12,000. checking the numbers, the dow standing at 12,018 this morning. it dropped about 18 points in trading. nasdaq dropped by 8 points and the s&p 500 was off by 4. just like all of us drivers, the major airlines are struggling with high fuel prices nowadays. add to that now a drop in demand for flights to japan. these are very lucrative routes and a gateway for travel to asia. some airlines are answering back by raising fares and eliminating unprofitable flights. delta, for example, reducing flights to japan by up to 20% through may. now, that's expected to cost delta as much as $400 million in lost profits. >>> it is going to take awhile longer for the prius hybrid minivan to hit the road. it is delaying the launch due to parts supplies. it had planned to roll out the prius minivan in april. toyota has halted production since march 14th and it hopes to get the lines rolling on sunday. already, there is a production loss of 140,00
to prevent a nuclear meltdown at japan's crippled plant are being treated for radiation exposure. >> officials say the workers were exposed while they were laying electrical cables at the number three unit of the fukushima plant. about two dozen people have been injured since the plant began leaking radiation. after the tsunami and earthquake damage on march 11th. >>> israeli air strikes have hit hamas training facilities and some smuggling tunnels beneath the gaza egypt border. four members of a palestinian family died in the air strike. the shelling came hours after a bomb struck a crowded bus stop in central jerusalem killing one woman and wounding more than 20 others. israel threatened harsh retaliation for the bombing which is the first in jerusalem in several years. >> disturbing details out of reagan national airport where air safety officials say two commercial jetliners landed without clearance just after midnight wednesday morning. sources telling "the associated press," the scare happened after an air-traffic controller dozed off in the control tower. we have audio fro
to dom. but first, engineers in japan still are trying to cool down the nuclear reactors at the damaged power plant. when that may be finished. coming up next. from new figures out of japan shots earthquake and tsunami killed -- shows earthquake and tsunami killed more than 8800 people. engineers are trying to get the cooling systems restored to the nuclear power plant. smoke from two reactors forced another evacuation today and put the stop on repair work. official say getting the cooling system up and going to take weeks. but, the top u.s. nuclear regulator says the situation at plant actually appears to be stabilizing. >> today, all three units appeared to be in a stable condition. with sea walter injection is used to keep the reapartmentors cool -- reactors cool. >> for those who live near the complex unsafe levels of radiation has been found in food and trace amounts of radiation is found in tokyo's drinking water. the government officials claim the levels are too low to pose a risk. >>> that five cent dc bag tax could be coming to a store near you even if you don't live near dc. t
. >>> a virginia man teaching english in japan has made it back from the quake-stricken country. donny donovan was not able to fly back home on this past monday. he just wrapped up his program with his teachers just before the quake. he started the long trek back to his apartment and on the way the devestation began to sink in. >> where i was living the damage didn't look too terribly bad. i mean, once you have seen on t.v. what happened, i feel like i'm fairly lucky what happened to where my place was. >> he spent four days in an overflow shelter after the earthquake. the u.s. embassy got him a flight back home but he will be head being back in two weeks. >>> a power failure and shutdown of the nearest nuclear reactor a year ago. back at that time the event didn't get much attention but that nuclear crisis in japan fresh on everyone's mind, today plant managers and local emergency officials faced questions about the incident from our reporter scott broom. >> reporter: february 18th, 2010, was not a normal day at this nuclear plant. there was an electrical short near the unit 1 reactor. backup
this morning on the disaster in japan. repairs at the damaged nuclear plant are now on hold because of some new concerns about radiation contamination. japanese officials now believe one of the reactors may have been breached and that could allow an uncontrolled amount of radiation to escape into the air and the ground. elevated levels have already been found in milk, sea water and vegetables. so far, 10,000 people have died from the earthquake ask the tsunami. >>> last night, people here in d. c. offered their support to japan. they took part in a fundraising walk and vigil among the cherry blossoms on the national mall and tidal basin. the trees of course were a gift from japan. all the proceeds will go to the american red cross fund for japan and donations will be accepted at the national cherry blossom festival beginning tomorrow. >>> the district gained the nickname chocolate city in the 1970s for its thriving black population. but as some bloggers put it this morning, the district might be turning into more of a mocha metropolis. according to the 2010 census, the number of black d. c. res
will get the awards this year. >> while you slept, new developments in the disaster in japan. >> right now, black smoke is coming out of a reactor at fukushima nuclear plant. workers have been evacuated for now. >> radiation is being found in the tap water in tokyo. it is twice the level of what's considered safe for infants, this morning, the death toll sits at 9300. thousands more people are still missing. japan's nikkei index stock market fell more than 1.5% in trading today. the european markets are slowing it down so far. >>> now to the latest on the war in libya. moammar gadhafi is gone on libyan television denouncing coalition forces and he's promising victory to his people. earlier this morning, day five of planes enforcing a no-fly zone over libya where explosions heard in the skies over the capital of tripoli. we're told in the coastal city of misrata, forces continue to attack despite the no-fly zone. president obama outlined america's involvement in this action. >> our first task right now is to shape the environment so that gadhafi's forces can't attack his own people. maintai
'm russ mitchell, also tonight, new fehrs in japan. highly radioactive water is leaking from the fukushima plant and plutonium has been found in the soil. plus, she preys on childless couples. cbs news tracks down a con artist making thousands in an adoption scam. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> mitchell: good evening, katie is off tonight. president obama takes his case directly to the american people this evening to explain why he ordered military intervention against moammar qaddafi's forces in libya. some congressional leaders say the mission is not clearly defined and lacks an exit strategy, but the president is expected to tout its early success. before the allied air strikes began ten days ago, libyan rebels were backed up to benghazi. since then, with qaddafi's forces under attack from the air, the rebels have pushed westward taking back one city after another, nearly all the territory they had lost. they are now setting their sites on qaddafi's hometown of surt. just the same, a top u.s.
, and elsewhere, yesterday. >>> in japan, radiation levels at the crippled nuclear power plant continue to rise. sea water outside the plant concontinues more than 3,000 times the usual amount of radiation. the highest rate yet detected. government officials admit there is no end in sight for this crisis, and today japan upgraded its safety standards for nuclear power plants. tomorrow, french president nicolas sarkozy is due to visit tokyo. he is the first foreign leader in japan since the march 11th quake. >>> the president of the utility company that owns the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant has been hospitalized. he's being treated for high blood pressure and dizziness. he hasn't been seen in public for nearly two weeks. >>> also this morning, powerful and potentially dangerous storms are moving throughout the southeast. the weather system is producing heavy downpours. up to two inches an hour. flood watches are being posted in mississippi, and alabama. the storm produced strong winds, and possible tornado, and damaging hail as it moved through louisiana. >> never experienced hail like
breaking news from the fukushima nuclear plant in japan. that number three reactor, which has been the source of so many problems since the earthquake and tsunami almost two weeks ago, now they're talking about a combination that uranium and plu tain yum combinations could be leaking into the air at this hour. good morning once again, everyone, i'm chris wragge along with erica hill. >> we do want to get you the very latest on those frightening new developments. officials say, as chris said, one of the reactor cores may actually be exposed to the outside. they have already widened the evacuation zone around the fukushima plant. it's now 18 miles. cbs news correspondent bill whitaker is in tokyo this morning with the very latest. and i imagine people are on edge. >> erica, yesterday the governor of tokyo told everyone to calm down. today, nuclear officials say the problems at the plant are much worse than they had thought. this crisis remains volatile, and as one official told us today, very, very serious. after two weeks of struggling to cool down the crippled nuclear plant, today
of these minerals and has been jacking up prices and threatening to cut off nations like japan over territorial disputes. the pentagon started to study the issue a few years ago to determine what kind of miner rales go into the system and where they come from. the d.o.d. says there is no reason to ring alarm bells and the market appears to meet their needs. some are calling for more government involvement, including stockpiles, both of which are bad ideas according to our next guest, derek skizzors of the heritage foundation who studied this issue. welcome to the show. >> thanks for having me. >> you think this is overwrought, why? >> basically this has two foundations, one is rare earths are really important and the other one is the price is going way up. let's talk about rare. there's a long list, they're use inside commercial areas, i don't care and we shouldn't care. water is important, oil is important, the number of qualified engineers are important, saving deposits are important. it doesn't mean because something is important the government needs to do something. there needs to be a fail
of japan's food and water supply. radiation leaking from the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant caused tokyo's tap water to exceed safety standards for infants. traces of radiation have been found in raw milk, seawater and several different kinds of vegetables. the united states responded by becoming the first country to ban produce and dairy products from the area near the damaged nuclear plant. >>> israeli retaliation for a bus bombing in jerusalem continues today. military planes struck targets in the gaza strip overnight. the targets are said to have been militant training sites and tunnels beneath the gaza egypt border. ow on wednesday, several person were killed in a jerusalem bus explosion. no group was claimed responsibility. the bombing is believed to be a retaliation for an israeli military missile strike tuesday. it killed two children, 50- year-old uncle and wounded 13 other family members who were playing on a soccer field. israeli officials say militants were the targets of the missiles but it went off- course. >>> a u.s. soldier who pleaded guilty to the murders of thre
nuclear plant in japan are getting worse. gary has more on the remarkable radiation levels that burned some workers and raised fears about the danger. >> here's the reason for the worry. workers at the plant stepped in water containing 10,000 times the normal radiation level and got burned and hospitalized. officials fear this explosion at the plant three days after the earthquake might have cracked the reactor itself, leading to that leaking radioactive water. >> we can't tell. it is one of the possibilities. >> japan expanded the evacuation zone from 12 to 19 miles. the prime minister called the nuclear crisis severe and grave. >> we are not in a position where we can be optimistic. >> even there is no explosion of nuclear fuel. >> you can have this being worse, because even though the releases are less, they are spread among a population that is much denser. >>> silver spring, cindy folkers says it's not just people getting sick. >> they have a question of where they grow food that is not contaminated and harvested where it is not contaminated. >> human beings have to act qui
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